Metroid Dread is just weeks away from launching on Switch and everyone's getting a little too excited – okay, maybe not everyone, but we are so shush. It's probably pretty handy, then, that Nintendo's decided to drop a collection of gorgeous Metroid art for us to hoover up and use as we see fit.
Yes, in a Twitter thread today, Nintendo has shared the following key art images cataloguing Samus' journey so far, all leading up to Dread which launches next month. They're all at a high enough resolution to be suitable for all of your wallpaper needs, so go ahead and get them downloaded to show off your love for all things Metroid while you're out and about...
Remember, Metroid Dread launches on 8th October alongside the shiny new Nintendo Switch OLED. If you haven't got your pre-order in yet, you can do so here.
For anyone who wants the superior Metroid Dread art, here it is:
I am so disappointed that the standard Metroid Dread box art doesn't use this picture from the collector edition box. It's so beautiful!
Where is Metroid Prime Federation Force ?
I like this wallpaper.
I'm loving the fusion art, that's my favorite of these. They all look pretty good though.
I shall do exactly that, Nintendo. Make it as my wallpaper
Wow. 3 of these 7 images I have already used as my phone background at some point in the last decade. Might as well round it out, and grab that Super Metroid one
So much love for Metroid lately... Snif snif.
Twitter is not the appropriate means of distributing high-resolution art, they get heavily compressed in the process.
Yeah, Samus Returns is the best one in my opinion. So cool and classic love it!
With absolutely massive and impractical shoulders world of warcraft style.
That Dread artwork is very sinister. Good job!
The Fusion and Zero Mission art are extremely nostalgic for me
This is very generous of Nintendo. We get to save our platinum points.
Super, Fusion and Zero Mission are so good.
No love for landscape
Look beautiful, all of the artwork does
@sketchturner Not gonna lie, one of the main reasons I gave in to ordering the limited edition was because of that artwork
Wow! They really put out background art for every mainline non-prime Metroid except Other M.
Any guesses as to why that one was chosen to miss this promotion?
@Joriss Yeah I was tempted for the same reason. But I hate the idea of storing a box within a box.
@Danondorf it seems they included all the 2D Metroid games. Other M was 3D.
@Danondorf while other M is one of my favorite games, it isn't a numbered entry.
While we're at it
@sketchturner Totally see the connection.
Bigger-picture wise, it seems really deliberate to leave Other M out of the marketing strategy for this game. Another example I can think of is an email I received from Nintendo recently marketing Dread as “Seamus’s first new 2D adventure in 19 years.” They could just as easily have said, “Samus’s first new adventure in 10 years”, which would have included Other M. Are they trying to do a soft erase of that game by not talking about it officially any more? Technically Other M is part of the main Metroid story line (with the Prime games being a subplot).
Considering how story-heavy Other M is and how much it toes into the other games, it just doesn’t make sense to me that it wouldn’t be included in the marketing for Dread unless Nintendo was, either embarrassed by Other M, or worried it wasn’t representative of the franchise, and that marketing it to new fans might turn them off of Metroid of it was the first game they tried.
@Danondorf They included only the main Metroid games. The rest of them are spin offs, even the Prime ones.
Metroid Dread is the fifth entry.
@daichi42 your link seems to be broken sadly?
@sketchturner cool. Just set it as my phone’s wallpaper. Thanks! 🥰
@Danondorf the game that shall not be named officially doesn’t exist.
Just seeing this art together makes me wish we got a Mario 3D All-Stars styled package for the 2D Metroids. I don't care how barebones just seeing a package with Metroid Zero Mission, Metroid Fusion, Super Metroid and Samus Returns would be sick! I know some people would want the OG Metroid and Metroid II, but I'd be okay with the newer games.
I know it would not happen because porting Samus Returns would probably require an almost complete overhaul compared to Mario Sunshine and Galaxy, but it just be nice. Oh well maybe the Nintendo Online GB/GBA rumours are true and we'll get some sort of way to play some of these games.
@sketchturner thank you! And you are absolutely right. Such a shame they didn't choose that one. It communicates the theme of the game just as well if not better.
@Danondorf I personally loved Other M but from a business standpoint, Nintendo would be insane to use Other M in marketing considering the collective negativity out there. If they so much as breathe the name Other M in connection with Dread, they would legitimately risk a drop in sales.
I think the negativity is way over hyped, but Nintendo has to make smart business decisions.
Can't wait to play this game, if silksong realeses next year (actually, I kinda think Nintendo ask them to realese next year just so it don't mess with this game realese) this is going to be game of the year for me.
@the_beaver it's just the hype train...the real fans have been here the whole time.
I actually don’t like the dread or returns art. Too static.
What about wallpaper for the background of our switch homescreen UI? It is frustrating there are no folders or custom homescreen wallpapers, these should be simple additions.
@Anti-Matter That's not Metroid. It never was and never will be
@Anti-Matter federation force deserves a port. I can’t believe how there are star fox zero port defenders on here but absolutely no love for this little multiplayer game.
"I'm looking for a game called Metroid Other M. It should be here, but it isn't."
"Master @Danondorf, if an item does not appear in our records, it does not exist."
But actually i have a little interest with Federation Force instead for being completely different than usual Metroid games. The gameplay reminded me for Armored Core but in 1st person view.
I have never played Metroid games before, not a Metroid fan also but Federation Force was the only exceptional.
@Shiro28 It is. It's just an example of the fanbase being stupid and not allowing a series have a spin-off despite of being something good for Metroid as a whole. Aside from the artistic style, it was faithful to the Prime gameplay and it offered something different to the main series.
I grew with this series, Super Metroid is my favourite game of all time and the franchise is one of my top 3 and my favourite Nintendo Licenses, but I also think many Metroid fans are really dumb and close-minded and hurt the franchise.
This game is the perfect example of an echo chamber. I just hope that for once, Metroid fans and people in general aren't full of crap as always and actually buy Dread as it deserves.
@sketchturner I agree, i love this, what i dint like is if i try to use it as my wallpaper for iphone it’s zoomed in too much and cant see much if it
@sketchturner I would say Other M is a 2.5 D game
@nymbosox That's strange. It works great on my Android. Here's the direct link in case that works better for some reason:
@roy130390 I know what you're saying and I really get it. Yes the fanbase, some of them, could have acted a little better, but I also get the fanbase. They were starving for a Metroid Prime tittle after years of not getting anything since Prime 3 on the Wii, instead they got that. A toy looking game that has nothing to do with Samus per se. Do you think they could have react in a positive way? When the game came out it only sold around 7,000 copies, that's horrible. Now imagine, F-Zero fans are waiting on a new game since GP-Legends or GX, if nintendo shows up with a toy looking a la Nintendo Land F-Zero game, do you think they will be pleased? I highly doubt it. I this case Nintendo dropped the ball hence the game is not even accepted by them anymore. You won't hear from that game from Nintendo's mouth ever
@Anti-Matter Is just a multiplayer game like Destiny. You can go solo but it was made for 4 people play. If that's your type of game you'll probably like it.
@Anti-Matter you see any other Prime games displayed there?
@roy130390 like most forms of entertainment, the fanbase tend to be the worst part, Metroid is no different.
I would love to see a Federation Force remake in a Metroid Prime collection, along with Hunters and even pinball.
I’d also would love to see a sequel to MP:FF, but more akin to Halo ODST/Reach or Republic Commandos.
It always surprises me to see Federation Force has fans. Not in the "This is an atrocious affront to the Metroid name and sullies the very namesake!" kind of fanboy-ism, but in how much of a blank wet boring blanket the game is. There are three main things I can recall from my playthrough of the game.
One, it released alongside No Man's Sky and streamer Vinesauce's confusing but amusing attempt to play both simultaneously. Two, the art style and direction it went never actually sold me on these mechs being gargantuan in size like the ones out of Doom Eternal because literally every enemy you meet just so happens to be juiced up on some sci-fi technobabble to be the same size as you, so it was pretty much rendered moot. And three, it was kinda insulting that the first thing to try to reinvigorate the Metroid series after Other M's scarring damage was to make Samus the final boss. (Ok, maybe a LITTLE fanboy-ism. The series history sucks since Other M, m'kay?)
The story and general Metroid atmosphere was not anything to write home about and the general gameplay was just lifted from Republic Commando but less as good. It never struck me as even worth the outrage.
@Shiro28 I mean, I'm part of those people waiting on a proper sequel for years. Even worse, I was actually waiting for a sequel to Fusions more than one for Prime 3 so you could say that I have been waiting even more and for something that seemed unlikely at the time. I agree that it was a bad move on their part to release that game at that moment, but the attitude that people took was nothing but childish and it ended up hurting the franchise more than any other thing. To this day, people claim that "it isn't a Metroid game" and that "it sucks" with little to no knowledge about it. If people don't buy it because they don't have interest that's ok, that's their choice, but hating and attacking the product and the interested people like mindless sheep is another thing and it was pretty pathetic to see in my opinion.
@locky-mavo I'd love that too. It's probably very unlikely, but who knows, maybe if Dread becomes a hit that might happen. I never played Hunters and Pinball so it would be really awesome.
@Clod Well, to begin with, it wasn't trying to emulate the atmosphere in Metroid games, hence why it was a cooperative game with a different aesthetic that didn't focus on Samus. I agree that the art direction wasn't the best though. As for the gameplay it was pretty much a Prime game so considering how beloved that series is I kinda find baffling that such similar gameplay would be criticized. One could argue that perhaps level design is inferior or something, but I don't know. as much as I love Metroid, the Prime games had a few amount of levels/places that I wouldn't consider great.
I do understand how it didn't appeal to you and I respect your opinion. Hell, you even gave the game a try. But most people didn't even know about the franchise and were just repeating what they heard from the fanbase and the YouTubers that they followed.
Obligatory repost of artist Dave Rapoza's INCREDIBLE Super Metroid painting.
Forget Federation Force, where is Metroid Prime Pinball?!
All of them are amazing!!
And man, that Metroid Samus Returns art is so beautiful
Now the question is: Return of Samus or Samus Returns?
@roy130390 Huh, I didn't get a notification you tagged me. Oh well, just as well I checked the thread anyways.
I personally find it hard to back up the opinion that it being a side game with a co-op focus should give it carte blanche to deviate from Metroid's established tone. Legend of Zelda had no qualms with Four Sword Adventure. As per its gameplay, sure, it was more or less Metroid Prime again. But a dumbed down version, and in the act of retooling it to be co-op focused reminded me more of Republic Commando's squad-based mechanics than the mainline Prime game's combat. All in all it was FINE, but wouldn't be even worth remembering if it were not for its ties to a major Nintendo franchise.
That all said, I'm not much for one to parrot critics. I rather hold my own opinions and play the stupid thing myself if it is in my circle of interest. Sometimes you get a Shantae or Celeste, sometimes you get a Halo 5 or an Other M. Federation Force isn't nearly that black a stain on the series, but I do personally find its arguably less interesting than freaking Prime Hunters in all regards outside literally just the post-credits set-up for a future game.
It was suggested in another comment that it should take another chance with another approach, and be more like Halo 3: ODST (And ironically Republic Commando) and frankly? Sure, go ahead Nintendo heads. But when the time for a spin-off is appropriate. And being a LOT more story and mystery driven like ODST and to an extent Republic Commando is going to require a lot more retooling that just a straight-up sequel to Federation Force.
Especially because for whatever reason they REALLY wanted to sell us all on the idea that space soccer with shooting the ball with guns is a big thing in Metroid. Evidently someone in charge was really into Grifball and Rocket League at the same time.
@Clod It definitely shouldn't get a pass, but I mean that it changed it's tone on purpose so at least it wasn't a matter of failing to replicate the atmosphere but actually trying willingly to make it lighter, similar to what spin-offs like Monster Hunter Stories and Persona do in comparison to the main entries. It's definitely fair to criticize it though. I personally think that it succeeds in what it tries to do but I would lie if I didn't say that I agree that they could have kept a bit more the atmosphere and aesthetic of the series while also making a cooperative experience and that a lighter tone wasn't that needed.
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